CJS Professional: January 2021

 Happy New YearHappy New Year from the CJS Team. 

Well, this isn't quite what I'd thought I'd be writing to you right now.  As we enter a new lockdown we'd like to remind you that CJS is here and, despite the new lockdown we still hope 2021 will be a better one than 2020.  It's going to be a year of rebuilding (with luck and a following wind!), of standing strong but remaining flexible enough to bend with whatever comes next. 

As before, we will continue to work through the restrictions posting jobs and volunteer opportunities. Both sections have pages for roles which are on a working from home basis, either temporarily or permanently. As last year and the first lockdown showed nature and the countryside was much needed and highly valued by many, our network of 100,000 dedicated countryside professionals will ensure that your vacancies are filled and the job is carried out to the highest standards.  
Last year we simplified our advertising rates but they remain as low as we can make them. [more]

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Title, Employer, Location:, Basis: (contract details if known)

Assistant Ecologist, Pryor & Rickett Silviculture. based in Brampton Bryan, Nr Knighton, Powys, to cover Wales, Marches and West England (2-year fixed term appointment (with the potential for a permanent contract))

Mobile Park Ranger – Claybury and Roding Valley Park, Vision RCL.  Claybury Park and Roding Valley Park (Full time)

Cinder Track Maintenance Ranger, Scarborough Borough Council.  Scarborough

Service Manager: Countryside, Sheffield City Council.  Sheffield (permanent, 37hpw)

Ecologist Also seasonal short-term Field Assistants, Taylor Wildlife.  Scotland (fixed term contracts of varying length)

Parks Operations Manager, Horsham District Council.  Horsham (permanent, 37hpw)

Activity Leader, Tir Coed. Elan Valley, Powys (2 year fixed term contract / 17.5 hpw)

Planning and Communities Officer, West Sussex County Council. County Hall, Chichester (37hpw)

Executive Administrator, Macaulay Development Trust.  Scotland (hours vary, between 25 & 50 per month)

Public Rights of Way Officer (Highway Asset Management), Darlington Borough Council.  Darlington (permanent, 37hpw)

Green Recovery for Morecambe Bays Woodlands: Engagement Officer, Butterfly Conservation.  Morecambe Bay Limestones, Lancashire and Cumbria (Fixed Term Contract, 2.5 days per week (0.5fte))

Environmental Project Officer, Steel Valley Project.  Sheffield (permanent, 22.5hpw)

Head of Environment and Engagement, South West Lakes Trust.  South West England (40 hpw)

Visitor Experience Manager – Burrator (Game Fishing Lead), South West Lakes Trust.  Dartmoor (based at Burrator Reservoir, Devon) (40 hpw) 


Freelance, Self-employed and contracts

Freelance biodiversity and environmental art tutors, Field Studies Council


Apprenticeships, Interns and paid trainee roles

Project Officer, Learning through Landscapes. 

Environmental Apprentices and Woodland Trainee, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.  Yorkshire Dales, Cumbria or Nidderdale (12-18 months of work experience and training, starting February 2021)


CJS Information 

thumbnail image of the CJS 2021 Calendar.Have a cheerful woodland scene on your wall all year.  Download your copy of the handy CJS Calendar complete with all the dates, deadlines for CJS publications plus information. (pdf)

Could you spare five minutes to explain a little about your job?

It's that time of year when many people are looking to new horizons having made life changing decisions at New Yea; after last year perhaps many more than usual and many of those are looking for change of pace, to reconnect with nature and the outdoors having been locked in for so long the value of greenspaces has become evident. [more]

In need of a pick me up?

In normal times - anyone remember those? - next Monday would be Blue Monday a day when everyone is feeling down that Christmas is over, the next pay cheque is still a way off and summer holidays are tantalisingly just over the horizon. But this year everyday feels like a blue day and  I suspect we'd be happy just to share a meal, go to watch the match, have a hug, even simply to get up and go to work like normal.  However, these strange times have made many of us reassess our lives and look at what's important to us, what makes us happy and what we want to do in the future. 

If you're seeking a New Year, New You, New Start read on.

  • CMA launch FREE Student Starter Membership for one year. One not to be missed! [more]
  • Routes into a Conservation Career on The Hive – a new podcast from Brian Heppenstall & Mollie Taylor. [more]

Features and In Depth Features

Keeping a watchful eye on our waterbirds - the Wetland Bird Survey

Great Britain hosts an estimated 13 million waterbirds in winter. Population estimates of our non-breeding waterbirds are just one output from the UK’s Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) – along with annual species trends, site totals, protected site trends, low tide distribution maps of estuaries and the UK’s wintering waterbird indicator. All these statistics rely on the fieldwork of around 3,000 counters, coordinated by 140 volunteer Local Organisers and the WeBS team at BTO, on behalf of the WeBS partnership.

So, as someone working or aspiring to work in the countryside management sector, why might you be interested in WeBS? [more]


CFE supports farmers on their journey to net zero agriculture

2020 was a year of increased focus on the climate crisis and the need for action to mitigate climate change across all emitting industries, including the farming industry. To support farmers in helping to tackle this challenge, Championing the Farmed Environment and its partners across the agricultural and environmental sectors have launched a new Climate Change Mitigation theme to offer guidance and resources for on-farm action. [more]


The Nature Premium – an idea whose time has come

Have you heard of the Nature Premium campaign? We are calling for the government to invest in a Nature Premium to fund regular nature experiences for all children. It’s called the Nature Premium to model it on the Sports Premium that ensures at least an hour of PE for primary school children every week. The Nature Premium would provide ring fenced funding for the statutory requirement to make sure that all children spend regular time in nature. [more]


From Opera Singer to Heritage Horticulturist….. from the Royal Horticultural Society higlighting horticultural career changers.

Promoting your own career can at times be something of a tortuous and difficult campaign, with many a day spent in a school hall waiting patiently for a single student to stop by. This has never been truer than in promoting careers with plants and It can at times be soul destroying as other careers appear to always attract larger numbers of new entrants, especially where parents are involved and rightly want the best for their impressionable offspring. [more]


Bringing opportunity to young people in the Dales.

The Yorkshire Dale Millennium Trust  says: Providing young people with the opportunity to live and work in their own area is vitally important.  This is even more apparent in rural areas such as the Yorkshire Dales where historically, the younger generation has moved away looking for employment. Several schemes are now in place to give young people a chance to take control of their futures – and the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust’s scheme has an 85 per cent success rate in taking people from training into further education or employment. [more]


CJS Focus

CJS Focus on Volunteering is due for publication on 22 February. This edition is in association with the National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces (NFPGS) with Parks Community UK. Send your adverts now.



Several reviews of 2020 including a look at changing behaviour due to lockdown and plenty of reports focusing on the current state of wildlife and biodiversity with plans from various organisations including the Wildlife Trusts, NatureScot and RSPB on how to improve the situation.

And as we've brought back our feel good And Finallys to cheer us all up during the latest lockdown: some photos of the animals at London Zoo being counted during the annual stock take.



27 January: Where's your head at...' - A 2021 Reset, The '& another thing' discussion series is an honest and open place for issues in conservation. More and book your place.

Calendar of events and short courses occuring in - March plus additions made over the past month.


Grants and sources of funding

Applications are now open for Royal Forestry Society (RFS) Bursary schemes 2021.



The next edition of CJS Professional will be published on:  11 February

Got something to share or want to advertise? The deadline is: 5pm Monday 8 February

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If you have any suggestions about areas we could or should include please let us know and we'll try to fill in the gaps.  Likewise if you have any information, events etc that you'd like featured please contact us (ranger@countryside-jobs.com) and we'll tell you what we can use and how to send it.